Diary: A tall tale about beds

Improved hotel beds are all the rage. It's quite a job to find somewhere that isn't extolling the virtues of its new duck-down pillows or best-ever Egyptian cotton coverings. Few properties go as far as making bespoke beds for one-off visitors though, but then not many guests are 7ft 9 inches high. When Xi Shun, the world's tallest man, arrived in London last month, the Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge obliged by building the monolithic Mongolian a special bed for the night. A tenner says he didn't bother to nick the bathrobe.

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